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This week's round-up includes: STEM, race, and gender; new research on babies and birth; new research on Cesarean deliveries; mandatory abstinence education and religious rights; and how to compliment women without objectifying them.
- Women And Black People With STEM Degrees Are The Most Likely To Leave The Field by Bryce Covert at Think Progress (Keywords: education, STEM, careers, race, gender)
Overall, one of every six people with a job and a STEM degree work elsewhere. But at least one in five women and black people who got their Ph.D.s in STEM fields between 1959 and 2010 were working in a non-STEM career by October 2010. On the other hand, just 16 percent of white men were working in outside jobs.
- Cooling Newborns Lowers Their Risk for Brain Damage by Janet Fang at IFL Science! (Keywords: disability, birth, babies, science, research, medicine, health)
Babies deprived of oxygen at the time of their birth can sometimes suffer brain damage later in their childhood. A new study shows how cooling these oxygen-deprived newborns dramatically increases their chances of survival without neurologic disabilities.
- Cesarean Delivery May Cause Epigenetic Changes In Babies DNA by Stephen Luntz at IFL Science! (Keywords: birth, babies, genetics, science, research, medicine, health)
"In this study, our focus has been whether the way a baby is born can have an impact on a cellular level in the form of epigenetic alterations in DNA,” Ekstrom said.
When Ekstrom did a more detailed study of twelve of the babies he found statistically significant differences in methylation in almost 350 regions, many of which are known to influence the immune system.
- Teen Convinces Her High School To Drop Abstinence-Only Education Class by Tara Culp-Ressler at Think Progress (Keywords: Canada, public school, sex ed, abstinence, religion)
Emily Dawson and her mother, Kathy, lodged a formal complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission after Emily was required to attend a two-day abstinence class in order to graduate. The complaint alleges that the Pregnancy Care Centre’s course used scare tactics, like misleading information about STDs and negative stereotypes about single parent homes, to dissuade students from having sex. The Dawsons identify as agnostics and were offended that they had no option to opt out of a course taught by a conservative religious organization with an explicit agenda.
Now, thanks to the public backlash sparked by their allegations, Emily’s school district is looking for new speakers to cover topics related to sex ed.
- How to Compliment Women Without Objectifying Them by Shannon Ridgway at Everyday Feminism (Keywords: feminism, socializing, gender roles, heterocentrism, cis-centrism, misogynist slurs, boundaries)
And I’m not saying that male sexuality and male sexual desires are wrong, even though people tend to think that feminists believe that.
Feminists aren’t saying that at all. I’m not saying that at all.
We’re saying that sexual entitlement is wrong.
It’s when the person feels entitled to that sexual desire being reciprocated, or has other motives, that it infringes on the other person’s boundaries and turns creepy – or at least uncomfortable.
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